Post # 1
Need to find a form of birth control for my 17 year old daughter that is nonhormonal. On the lowest dose of the pill, she slipped into a dangerous depression. Have researched the issue and found the copper IUD is nonhormonal.
Are there only a limited number of doctors who deal in this? Are they willing to place it in a teenager? Heard there was a smaller version in use in Canda, but how much would it cost to have it done there.
For those who have used it, how has it been?
Post # 2
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Carolsays: I have it and I love it. I will say, the insertion is quite painful (albeit quick) and could be a little traumatizing for a teenager. Is she very sexually active? Would you trust her to just use condoms? My impression is that OBGYNs recommend the copper IUD for somewhat older women in long-term committed relationships, as it doesn’t protect against STDs etc.
Post # 3
Carolsays: the guidelines are not to put IUDs in women younger than I think 22. its not to do with the size of the uterus though that’s one concern. It’s mainly because the cervix is not fully developed/hardened, so there is more risk of bacteria passing through from the vagina to the uterus which is quite dangerous. So I don’t think she’ll be able to get an IUD. Do you know which hormone she is reacting to? I also had terrible severe depression from HBC. We figured out I was reacting much more to the estrogen than the progesterone, so I was able to tolerate progesterone only birth control (mini pill, implant, etc.) much better than combo pills. Other people are more sensitive to progesterone, though, so it’s the kind of thing you have to test. Also, when IUD time comes, hormonal IUDs have much less hormones – orders of magnitides less – than birth control pills. I was able to use a mirena without an issue. I had a TERRIBLE reaction to the copper IUD, but for most people hormonal ones have less side effects than the copper IUD, so it’s something to consider.
Post # 4
I could not take any type of hormonal birth control (tried many varieties). I had the Copper IUD placed when I was in my early 20’s (I’m in Canada, so it is the Nova-T here)
I had a good experience with it for about the first 2.5 years..then my periods got too heavy.
I would speak to your OB to see what their guidelines are. From place to place, it can differ as to what age range they will place an IUD.
Post # 5
It works great for some people. I didn’t have a good experience, though. Insertion itself wasn’t a big deal, but the 12-18 hours after that was some of the worst pain I’ve experienced (and I’ve passed kidney stones). I was in a fair amount of pain for about a week after insertion that I controlled with OTC pain meds and heat packs. Period cramps were worse, but they weren’t awful — I never missed any work because of them. I bled a LOT more, however.
I had to have the IUD removed after six months as I was having a lot of pain all throughout the month. My doctor actually thought I had endometriosis, and they removed the IUD because they were going to put me back on the pill to treat the endo. Turns out, 99% of the pain I was having was because of the IUD. They had done an ultrasound and it was perfectly placed, I just had a bad reaction to it for some reason.
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
Carolsays: I had it and hated it. I’m guessing I was allergic to copper, to the point where I had non-stop bleeding and it made me anemic. I also got constant infections when I was on it (TMI, but yeast infections, UTIs, and BV). I ended up getting it removed and got stuck with a huge bill for insertion, infections, low iron tests & treatment, and removal.
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
I’d like to add that I also had a terrible insertion experience. Since I have never had children, I guess it is much more painful. They had to clamp my cervix to keep it from moving (OUCH!) and it hurt like hell. They actually put me on bedrest for a week after insertion, I missed 1 week of work, and I was loaded up on vicodin the whole week. Removal wasn’t bad. But insertion was a freaking nightmare.
Post # 8
Carolsays: I have the Skyla – does progesterone cause the issues, or is it the estrogen only? This one has a smaller dosage of the progesterone than the Mirena IUD (it only lasts 3 years instead of 7) and the Skyla is smaller than the copper and Mirena and was specifically studied for people with no children (although it doesn’t really matter with any of the IUDs, honestly they can all be placed in anyone regardless of whether or not they’ve had kids or not). Either way, are you in the US? All BC methods, including IUDs are fully covered in the Affordable Care Act and you’ll likely only need to pay your co-pay for the office visit.
Also, my insertion wasn’t too bad. The actual insertion hurt like crap – REALLY bad crampage, but then the next couple of days just felt like normal period cramps (which still sucked for me because I rarely got cramps!). A couple of Midol and I felt fine.
Post # 9
I had it. I thought insertion sucked and was painful, but then I was happy with it for a year and a half…Until I found out I was pregnant with my son. They were able to remove it successfully and he’s now a happy and healthy toddler. I would never regret my son but obviously we were not trying to get pregnant. My doctor said “That’s why we say 99% effective instead of 100%”. It can happen with any method of birth control, and like I said for me it was a blessing, but still. That’s my two cents.
Post # 10
I got mine two months ago (I’m in Canada, it’s the Nova-T). The insertion was not painful at all, a little uncomfortable, I’d compare it to minor cramps down low. It was over with in a couple of minutes and I love that it’s non-hormonal. The only downside to it is the heavier period.